16bit color support aka truecolor

Asked by Sterling Cobb on 2016-05-18


I was wondering if there is a roadmap to include 16bit color support? I use vim and typically gvim because the fonts/colors look better, however I'd love to just use Terminator (its by far my favorite terminal application).

I'm hoping this will be a feature coming soon!


- Sterling

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The terminal itself is a seperate component (libvte). Terminator does not make changes to vte, but that is where any color features are added. It is worth noting that we are using a very old gtk2 version of libvte. It might be that what you are after is already in the newer gtk3 version of libvte. There is a version of Terminator that can use this newer libvte that you could try.

If it is not in the gtk3 libvte (gnome-terminal also uses this gtk3 libvte) then you need to make a feature request against libvte, not Terminator.

This feature _is_ available in libvte since version 0.36, and hence in turn in Terminator's gtk3 branch.

Oh, by the way, true color is 24 bit, not 16.

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